There are many problems with the Iran nuke sellout. But one of the most obvious is that we don’t know the full scope of Iran’s nuclear program. What do know of Iran’s nuclear program is that it’s sophisticated, diversified and the product of heavy investments. Instead of a Manhattan project, the Iranian nuclear project more closely follows Imperial Japan’s more diversified and distributed program.
There is no real reason to think we’re uncovered all of it. A year ago, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu exposed a nuclear warehouse. A year later, the IAEA, the agency supposed to guarantee the deal, but is as about as useful as sunglasses on a chicken, finally visited the site, took samples and revealed the results.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating the particles’ origin and has asked Iran to explain the traces. But Tehran has not done so, according to the diplomats, stoking tensions between Washington and Tehran. US sanctions have slashed Iranian oil sales and Iran has responded by breaching its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
In a speech a year ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who vehemently opposed the deal, called on the IAEA to visit the site immediately, saying it had housed 15 kg (33 lb) of unspecified radioactive material that had since been removed.
Reuters first reported in April that the IAEA, which is policing the nuclear deal, had inspected the site – a step it had said it takes “only when necessary” – and environmental samples taken there were sent off for analysis.
Iran passed the 300 kg limit on uranium this summer. Officially. Behind the scenes, it probably had sufficient material for a bomb for a while. It’s buying time to deploy multiple warheads before publicly announcing its nuclear capabilities.
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